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Effective September 3, in order to align with ROK entry requirement changes, USFK has implemented the following changes for SOFA-affiliated arrivals:
Please see the following link on South Korea’s updated guidance for off-peninsula arrivals to the peninsula: https://overseas.mofa.go.kr/us-en/brd/m_4500/view.do?seq=761052&page=1 [↗]
Additional COVID information in regards to USFK-affiliated personnel is available on the USFK COVID page.
Information about quarantine regulations and arrivals can be found:
Eighth Army COVID Arrival Information [↗]
Seventh Air Force Newcomers Page [↗]
Effective September 1, 2021, all DoD civilians, contractors and family members, to include active duty dependents, traveling to the Republic of Korea must have an approved Korea - Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) prior to boarding (except as noted below).
The K-ETA is an electronic travel authorization that visa-free foreign visitors need to obtain before entering the Republic of Korea, by submitting relevant information online.
DoD civilians, contractors and family members, to include active duty dependents REQUIRE a K-ETA. Service members do not require a K-ETA. Those with existing SOFA Stamp/A-3 Visa do not require a K-ETA.
You can apply* at: https://www.k-eta.go.kr/portal/apply/index.do
*Note: Beware of non-official K-ETA websites and agencies. Only apply through the official K-ETA website listed above.
Although the K-ETA can be applied for at any time, we recommend no later than 48 hours prior to boarding a flight or ship bound for Korea to ensure you receive an approval in time for your departure. There is a 10,000 KRW (approximately $9-10) application fee and this expense can be claimed when you process your travel voucher upon arrival.
You will receive an email identifying that your K-ETA application has been approved; you can print out your K-ETA using your application number through the K-ETA official website www.k-eta.go.kr. Do not travel prior to receiving approval and have your application approval in-hand when traveling. The K-ETA is valid for 2 years from date of approval.